Scotland: October 2018

Join the Bird Watching team for a spectacular autumn wildlife-watching break in October

 The Grant Arms

The Grant Arms

Autumn in Scotland means rich wildlife potential amidst rugged beauty, and you can join us there for an exclusive trip from 21-26 October, 2018.

Bird Watching magazine editor Matthew Merritt and assistant editor Mike Weedon will be joined by UKBS editor, and Scottish birding aficionado, Gordon Hamlett, to lead a week of wildlife watching, based at the lovely Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey.

The hotel boasts high quality en-suite rooms and traditional Scottish fare prepared with local ingredients, and while it takes care of bed, breakfast and dinner, we’ll provide optional guided walks, expert tips, bird quizzes, films and evening talks. 

From our Highland location, we’ll be within easy reach of sites such as Glenmore Forest Park, for Crested Tits and Crossbills; the Cairngorms, for Ptarmigan and possible Snow Bunting; and the Findhorn Valley, for eagles and other raptors. 

 Black grouse. Pic Our WildLife Photography/Alamy

Black grouse. Pic Our WildLife Photography/Alamy

There’ll also be the chance to visit the Moray Firth and the Black Isle for wildfowl such as Scaup, plus divers, grebes and waders.

We’ll look for Red and Black Grouse and Capercaillie in the forests and moors around Grantown. As well as the great birdlife, there’ll be the chance to see dolphins, Red Squirrels, Red Deer, Otter, Mountain Hare, and maybe even Pine Marten.

The Grant Arms Hotel is home to the Birdwatching and Wildlife Club and its expert staff will be on hand to guide you to the best areas, offer local knowledge and seasonal tips if you prefer to organise your own time. It’s perfect for birdwatchers of all levels and a great way to meet like-minded people, share tips and make the most of this incredible time of year and wonderful place.

Reader holiday factfile:

Scottish Highlands: October 21-26, 2018                             

Details: This five-day break is held in partnership with Bird Watching and includes:

  • Five nights dinner, bed and breakfast
  • En suite rooms which are equipped with hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV and toiletries
  • Gala dinner
  • Programme of evening talks and quizzes by Bird Watching’s Matt Merritt, Mike Weedon and Gordon Hamlett
  • Guided walks, films and entertainment          
  • No single supplement
  • Please note: a car is essential on this break

Leaders: Matt Merritt, Mike Weedon and Gordon Hamlett

Bird Watching subscribers: Standard Room £406 dinner, bed and breakfast pp, £77 additional nights. Superior Room £496 DBB pp, £94 additional nights

Bird Watching non-subscribers: Standard Room £424 DBB pp, £81 additional nights. Superior Room £519 DBB pp, £99 additional nights

Excludes: Transport, lunches and alcoholic drinks

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 Beautiful scenery. Pic Keith Fergus/Alamy

Beautiful scenery. Pic Keith Fergus/Alamy